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Telangana govt launches Narasimha Rao''s birth centenary fete; CM pitches for Bharat Ratna

Telangana govt launches Narasimha Rao''s birth centenary fete; CM pitches for Bharat Ratna
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Hyderabad, Jun 28 (PTI) The year-long birth centenary

celebrations of former prime minister P V Narasimha Rao by the

Telangana government got off to a start on Sunday with Chief

Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao making a strong pitch for

conferring "Bharat Ratna" on the late leader, placing him on

par with the country''s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru.

The Chief Minister paid glowing tributes to the late

leader, who hailed from the state, at his ''samadhi'' "PV Gyan

Bhoomi" here on the occasion of his 99th birth anniversary,

saying he was "proud son of Telangana" and recalled his

contributions to the country, including ushering in bold

economic reforms.

Noting that Narasimha Rao did not get the due respect, he

announced a slew of measures to honour his memory, including a

memorial befitting his stature to be set up at the PV Gyan

Bhoomi, kick-starting the birth centenary celebrations.

Chandrasekhar Rao said the country''s hightest civilian

award Bharat Ratna should be conferred posthumously on the

late Congress leader, credited with leading the country

through a critical phase during his tenure of 1991-96.

Speaking at the event at PV Gyan Bhoomi, attended by

several state ministers, opposition leaders and family members

of Narasimha Rao, the TRS supremo said he would meet Prime

Minister Narendra Modi along with a delegation from the state

and press the demand for Bharat Ratna.

Chandrasekhar Rao had recently announced that the birth

centenary would be celebrated on a grand scale with year-long

programmes and that the state cabinet and the Legislature will

adopt resolutions seeking the highest civilian award for the

former prime minister.

It is not just assembly and state cabinet passing

resolutions.... I will personally lead a delegation of family

members, state cabinet and other important persons, and

request the Prime Minister... we will mobilise PVs followers

across the country and bring pressure on the Centre through

them also, he said.

Drawing a comparison between Nehru and Narasimha Rao, he

said the latter did not get the respect which he deserved.

While Jawaharlal Nehru ji who first started planning (for

development) in the country was among the architects of modern

India, it was PV Narasimha Rao, who initiated economic reforms

...created a global India. There is no doubt about it. He was

in the same league as Nehru. PV was a personality who was on

par with Nehru, he said.

Hailing Narasimha Rao as a polyglot, a great freedom

fighter and as a man who pushed reforms to transform the

country, he said the former never boasted of his achievements

or let others talk about them during his lifetime.

As part of the start of the centenary celebrations, the

state governmet erected hoardings in major metro cities in

the country.

The TRS leader said the centenary warranted grand

celebrations as Narasimha Rao''s towering personality needed to

be brought to light fully.

The chief minister announced that events during the year

would be planned in such a way that they will witness the

participation ofPresident Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister

Narendra Modi, former President Pranab Mukherjee and former

prime minister Manmohan Singh among others.

He said bronze statues of Narasimha Rao would be installed

at his native place Vangara, Warangal, Karimnagar and

Hyderabad in the state and at the Telangana Bhavan in New

Delhi.

A portrait of the late leader would be unveiled in the

Telangana Legislature, he said, adding it should also be

installed in parliament.

.similarly, PVs portrait should be there in parliament

also. They did not do it. The respect given to former Prime

Ministers was not given to our PV. But, lets do it now. We

will get it done. Lets fight. PVs portrait should be

installed in parliament on a permanent basis, he said.

The state government would set up a research centre named

after the former prime minister in Kakatiya University and a

national-level conclave would be held in Delhi to remember

him, he said.

It would urge the Centre to release a postal stamp in

memory of Narasimha Rao and to name the Hyderabad Central

University (HCU) after him.

The Chief Minister said Narasimha Raos birth centenary

celebrations were being organised by Telangana people in 51

countries across the globe.

Narasimha Raos son Prabhakar Rao anddaughter Vani Devi,

who spoke on the occasion, recalled his contributions and

thanked the state government for organising his birth

centenary.

Narasimha Rao was born on June 28, 1921 at Vangara in

Karimnagar. He died on December 23, 2004. PTI SJR

VS VS


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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